Interesting Facts

Baudha and Budhanilkantha: Tamang region

A week ago we moved to another region. We live now in a rented flat in the Baudha region of Kathmandu – near the Boudhanath stupa – where is located the region of native residents of Kathmandu – Tamang. Traditionally, the people of Tamang adhere to Mahayana Buddhism. The sounds of the daily morning puja – mainly, to this day, bells…

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Sonam Losar: Tibetan New Year in Baudha, Kathmandu

Sonam Losar falls yearly on various dates – usually falls on the second, sometimes the third full moon after the winter solstice – in the Bikram Sambat calendar. This calendar is an ancient Tibetan-Chinese lunar calendar. So Sonam Lhosar falls the next day after the new moon of the month, Magh – on the day called Magh Sukla Pratipada. Sonam…

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Unexpected surprises – Pashupatinath Temple (Part 1)

11th February 2018 Today while walking through the city we sow stairs leading up to the hill and we didn’t expect what we were going to see. Today started as usual. I woke up, made exercises, ate breakfast while talking with mom in between. When sisters woke up we served them breakfast and took care of morning washing teeth. In…

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Nepali spirit: culture of Shivalinga

According to the Hindu cult, the puja for Shiva is made every morning and evening. The offerings are made of what brings a good impression in the cold region of the Himalayan foothills – light, clean water, the smell of incense, flowers, fire, and delicacies. The lingam – Shiva’s symbol – is commonly worshiped as a source of power and…

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Nepal – The winter is coming to an end or was it just my sister

Today sitting with a computer, as usual, I heard something that made me froze (even more than I was already). Winter in Nepal and first cold night Now Nepal is covered in the cold wind with cold air and snow on the peaks. We were so lucky not to, meet snow, my sisters wouldn’t appreciate my thought. But we still are in a…

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Culture of Bauls

The culture of Western Bengal in its natural meaning is first of all the creation of Bauls, mystics so old that one can find their connection with not only religions but also the sciences that are commonly called esoteric. It seems that the whole ancient Asiatic culture originates or is interconnected with this culture of ancient travelers. And the most interesting…

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Donbass — Rozy and life in Nepal

I think, that you, dear reader, naturally raised the question of what the photo has in common with the title. I am going to explain. This photo was taken in the center of Kathmandu in the Tamel region at one of the many temples. I sat down at the temple sadhu (holy man) and we took a picture together. He is so…

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Curry leaves – a popular spice and cure

Today I’m presenting one of our favorite spices – curry leaves. Murraya koenigi – curry leaf tree – is a naturally growing tree in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The plant is in the same family as the popular healing tree of nimm. It was also adapted to the climatic conditions of South Africa and Malaysia. Curry leaves are commonly used in…

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Katmandu: Kopan Monastery

Many of us have a very idealistic idea of monasteries, thinking of some high things. In fact, everything is much simpler. The monastery is principally a school. But what they study and who teaches in this school is already a question of the quality of education and the matter of every educational institution. What do the monks learn in the…

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Ancient History of Goa

The original inhabitants of the Konkan region on the South Goa coast are the Kunbi, Gauda and Velip tribes. It is claimed that they inhabit the region of the coast for over five thousand years. Today, they live in the region of Kerala, Karnataka and South Goa. Some of these tribes adopted the Roman Catholic religion as a result of the…

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Tamil photos and portraits

Few of our last photos from the world of eternal summer…                                                                      

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Kolam – Rangoli

 Kolam is most known in south India, Nepal, and few other Asian countries. While walking through the village streets of Tamil Nadu, it is hard not to see the drawings on the ground. They are made of rice flour, chalk powder, rock powder or colored powders. The making of such a kolams is widely practiced by women of South India. In…

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Lemon grass: to mosquito and cold say ‘No!’

Lemon grass, gingergrass or palmarosa – ‘Cymbopogon martini’ Known in India as ganjan or gavti cha,  is a species of grasses. It grows wild in wetlands of rural areas of India, Nepal, China and neighboring countries. In Ayurveda known as Rohisha – is a component of many ayurvedic prescriptions and is used in traditions of natural healing. The Chinese usually use…

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Differences between India and Nepal

 While crossing the border, immediately some things change. As India and Nepal are countries that are similar in so many ways, it would be hard to take them apart. But history says differently. Before, Nepal had some issues with India. I think that only the fact, that there are mountains, made Nepal. But in any way, there are differences not…

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From Tamil Nadu – by train – to Nepal (Kathmandu)

The time started to rush and in no time it was time to leave as our Indian visa was about to end. 20th we started packing and deciding what to take. In the evening we made a feast to which came Amsa, an Indian woman, our friend and the owner of our flat. I also called our old friend Swetlana, and…

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Pongal – harvest festival

Pongal is celebrated in south India mostly in Tamil Nadu. The word Pongal itself means “boiling over” or “spilling over” (of milk and rice) in Tamil, signifying abundance and prosperity. Pongal is usually held from January 13–16 in the Gregorian calendar i.e. from the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of Thai. It is festival that brings respite to the…

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Fast – 21 days

Fast is an excellent cure. It can cure most of the body illnesses. Therefore afterward you will feel light and healthy. On another hand, it is the best way to lose a lot of weight. I have seen so many ads about a miracle, thanks to which you will lose 20kg in a week. Or any diet and exercise plans…

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Always says “Yes”

Here is one funy fact about Indians, the ones that live in the smaller cities or villages, is that they almost always answer “Yes”. I’m talking about Indians that have seen a white person only few times in life and know little English or at all. You ask a man “Can you show me the way to this hotel?” You…

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Spicy or not

When you are in India for the first time you certainly search for not spicy food. And maybe you already know, India is full of spices. So, when you want to eat something, no matter is it street food or restaurant, you should ask for not spicy food but even then your expectations can be disappointed. Long time ago when…

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Navrati Festival

This year it started September 21 and will end on September 29 Navratri–or the nine sacred days–mark the most auspicious days of the lunar calendar according to Hinduism. Celebrated with fervour and festivity all over India, and every Hindu community the world over, these nine days are dedicated solely to Maa Durga (goddess Durga) and her nine avatars. The prominent story…

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Ernakulam – Kerala

Our target station in Kerala – Ernakulam After three days of sitting we were packed and ready for our destination point. We asked Hindu travelers if it is Ernakulam, wanting to finally see our promised land. Ernakulam Town station mysteriously came up so we decided to get out… The new land welcomed us with a clean platform on the clean station…

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Purchase of Tatkal ticket for long distance – In Gorakhpur

I haven’t seen city but I have been on railway station… Outside in the opposite there are mostly hotels that are often very busy. On the road there are also some shops and stands with sugarcane and orange juice. The town has its own university, astronomical observatory, some pretty Islamic architecture, numerous – sometimes very nice – Hindu temples. In…

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Applying Visa Nepal – India

After 3 months in Nepal… we wanted to stay there a little longer. So we went to the immigration office at the Shahid Chowk roundabout not far from the Lakeside in Pokhara. The visa in Nepal can be extended by two months, no more. The application for an extension – as well as the application for a visa have to be done online….

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Spices from Nepal

The purpose of this article is to present the most common Nepali spices typical of this country, along with their medical properties. Akhbare khursani Akhbare khursani is also known as dalle khursani, meaning round chilli is the spiciest spice of the world. The fully mature fruits are mostly shaped like cherries and are glowing red. Grown in households in Nepal and…

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Buddha Purnima – Birthday of Buddha

The birthday of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni Gautama falls in full moon in the month of May. Every year in early May, sometimes at the end of April is held in Nepal Buddha Purnima, otherwise Buddha Jayanti, commonly known in other Buddhist countries Wessaka. This year it fell on 13th May. So we went from our mountain homestay in Methlang…

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Holi

Celebrated 12th and 13th March, 2017 Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many people it means to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair…

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Meeting with Karmapa

23 of February, Thursday Today we had an audience with Karmapa. Yesterday my mother had booked a private meeting with 17th Karmapa. One of our friends told us about this possibility. So my mom didn’t miss it. We got ready and went to the monastery 1 pm where we were suppose to get private audience with Karmapa. There we went…

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Santiniketan: Visit to Amar Kutir

That day we wanted to see what is behind our house. There was a park with very unique trees.  Called Shorea robusta. It grows only in area from Myanmar in the east to Nepal, India and Bangladesh. For me, park made of this trees looked strange and weird. When you come into a forest like that you can start to feel like an ant. So small….

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Master your self

Today we have got quiet an interesting idea… To master our selves. To do this we chose 3 kinds of habits and had made 1 day in a week for each of them: Day of being satisfied – ‘With our thoughts and posture we build our world’. That’s why we should keep our mind happy no matter of how bad…

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Shops on The Streets

Mostly known in India are small cafes on the streets. You can find them everywhere. They mostly serve chay – tea and some tarkari – vegetables. In very low prices. It is quiet incredible because you could eat there full breakfast for really small amount of money. The only thing is that it can be spicy. It can be problem for…

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Breath-hold Championship

 Yoga – the good old method of psycho-physical Indian culture. And if all the physical culture as though it is clear – you need as far as possible to train and keep the body in good shape. With the exercise of the psyche it is not so obvious and clear. And here in yoga for many thousands of years it…

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